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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

A really tasty dish, fairly easy to make.

Ingredients:

6 Scallops
6 Strips Bacon
Salt (Sea Salt is preferable)
Fresh ground pepper
Paprika
Olive oil
1/2 pound shrimp (30-40 count), shelled and deveined
1/2 Green bell pepper
1/2 Red bell pepper
1/2 White onion
2 Jalapenos peppers
2 Serrano peppers
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup white rice
2 Cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons of Louisiana style hot sauce (Tabasco recommended)

Directions:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

For the rice. Chop onion and bell peppers each vegetable should yield about 1/2 cup. Remove the seeds and veins from jalapenos and Serrano’s, then chop. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter. Add rice and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning the rice. Add bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, Serrano and garlic to rice cook for 3-4 more minutes for vegetables to soften. Again stirring frequently. Add hot sauce and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Add shrimp on top of rice cover and simmer for 6 more minutes. This will steam cook the shrimp. Shrimp is done when it is pink and firm. Remove from heat and mix the shrimp in with the rice.

Preheat oven broiler. Wrap the scallops with bacon and secure with a toothpick such that the toothpick extrudes on both sides.. In a shallow baking sheet, place the scallops and drizzle each with olive oil. Lightly season each scallop with salt, pepper and paprika. Place under the broiler and cook for 6-7 minutes. Remove and turn the scallops, this should be made simple by using both ends of each toothpick and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook for 6-7 more minutes until bacon is cooked through.

Plate the rice in a bed covering each plate about 1/2 inch thick. Add scallops and serve.

Universal Chimichurri

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Bison Rib-Eye with Chimichurri

Chimichurri … chim-EE-churrrrrrrr-EE … chiiimmmmm-ee-CHURY …CHIM-ee-CHEW-ree. It dances on your tongue, and just wait until you taste it!

No! It has nothing to do with Mary Poppins flying around England, hanging on the end of a silly umbrella!

Chimichurri is perhaps one of the most recognizable culinary exports of Argentina. Usually used as a sauce for various meats. It can, however, be used in many other applications. Think of it as general condiment much like ketchup, though always fresh and with a lot more flavor.

Ingredients:

Since this is “Universal” Chimichurri the ingredient list is rather vague, giving only a general idea of what to use. Feel free to experiment, add a little bit of this, take away a little of that.

A big bunch of green stuff (weeds)

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Arugula
  • Green Onions

Smelly stuff

  • Garlic
  • Onion

Hot spicy stuff

  • Jalapeno
  • Serrano
  • Habanero
  • Cayenne

Sour/Acid stuff

  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Some type of Vinegar

Oily Stuff

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Quaker State 10W40 (maybe not)

Extras

  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bell Pepper

Directions:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor, blend until ingredients are well mixed. Make as chunky or smooth as you would like, I prefer a smooth sauce.

Notes:

This is a sauce that can be different every time you make it. Find proportions that work for you then refine it with each new batch.

If you come up with a really exceptional version please share!

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